Pastor’s Perspective (November 2015; Volume 4, Issue 11)
November usually brings first to mind that thanksgiving kicks off the holiday season, but of course that is no longer true as various holiday seasons overlap in the retail world all year. Baseball goes into November, football into February, basketball into June, and political elections are on a minimum of 24 month cycles. Getting and keeping our bearings is more difficult all the time. On top of that, smart phones eliminate the need for smart people and virtual community is the only community many have. I guess I’m going to be (already am?) a great curmudgeon.
At LCF, we have All Saints starting us off with celebration of the lives of those who have gone before us in the faith. We also have our annual stewardship program encouraging us to be ever more faithful disciples of our Lord Jesus. There will be a community Thanksgiving Service on Sunday, Nov. 22, at 5:00. All the while the lessons and faith reflections will follow a steady movement into considering the “end times” and our future with God – and that includes the First Sunday of Advent at the end of November with the beginning of the new Church Year. Makes your spin, you say?
As if that is not enough chaos and anxiety for more days than we have, I need to add another pastoral concern: the transition process. This month the Council appoints a small Transition Team to work with me in figuring out what we need to do to be ready to make a definitive decision about LCF’s future at the June semi-annual meeting. Knowledgeable visionaries need apply. The first step was my visiting all confirmed members (I still want to meet with the few I have not yet reached) and conducting a survey among you. We will have one last survey in January that is required of all congregations in transitions. Then in 2016 it will be other conversations as determined with the Transition Team. Busy, busy – but very important!
In spite of all that, we cannot be distracted from our core functions – regular worship with the celebration of the sacraments, Bible studies, sharing the Good news, serving our neighbors in need, and living in Christian fellowship. These come first and give meaning to the rest. Pastoral care will continue as needed. So let us continue to give thanks for all God’s blessings no matter what form they take.
Pastor Ed Sproul, Intentional Interim Pastor